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Jay-Z Lyrics Explained

The Awl examines Jay-Z's popular 'Empire State of Mind' and explains that some lyrics aren't about bastkeball players, but...

Fleet Foxes 'Definitely' back for 2010

Fleet Foxes have revealed that they’re back in the studio working on material, and have promised that the new album will be out...

Leona Lewis doing us a Favour?

James Cameron, the man behind the Titanic movie, will soon be releasing his new film ‘Avatar’. It’s rumoured to have cost a...

Brandon Flowers NOT Going Solo

& Age', and will be touring into spring 2010." Way to get a plug for the album in Island.

Weezer Man Hospitalized after Crash

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has been hospitalized after his tour bus crashed over the weekend. The band was travelling to...

The Chef, the Musician and the Pig

Vegetarians look away now, or get your email heated up ready for some angry letters. Matthew Herbert, a sort of modern art...

Rap Video leads to Prison Sentence

When threatening a murder witness, it’s generally sensible not to record your threats, even if they are in the form of a rap,...

The Nine Inch Nails Online Gear Sale

So, it looks like Nine Inch Nails’ last tour, really was their last ever tour, as they’ve started putting items of their gear...

Morrissey speaks on 'Honourable' Suicide

Morrissey was lead singer of British band The Smiths, a group whose lyrics and sound enabled listeners to wallow in their...

In the Alternate Universe where Rolf is...

The recent news that Rolf Harris had teamed up with Status Quo wasn’t really that surprising, after all, both are past their...

New Arcade Fire in May

Arcade Fire fans can relax a little, they only have to wait a short while longer for the new album. According to Billboard, the...

Cribs Shower Mishap

And now an image for our female / guy readers. When Ross Jarman of the Cribs took a post-gig shower recently, i.e. he was...

Foo Fighters 'not meant to be a career'

Dave Grohl speaks, and the band will be back.

New Pavement Material 'Inevitable'

Scott Kannberg of recently reformed alternative rock royalty Pavement has said that, should their forthcoming tour go well,...

The Killers do another Charity Crimbo Single

The Killers aren’t new to either charity songs or Christmas singles, having teamed up with the AIDs charity (RED) on three...

Carl Barat comes to the Stage

While Pete Doherty is busy mainlining Cillit Bang and offending Germans, fellow Libertine Carl Barat has moved on in his solo...

Snoop Dogg on your Sat Nav?

A lot of rappers have produced branded products, but it’s usually sneakers or scents, or something which might just retain some...

Doherty's Nazi Faux Pas

They take the Second World War every seriously in Germany, as they should. No comedy goose-stepping and camp Wehrmacht officers...

Gorillaz go Pop

Damon Albarn, the voice behind Gorillaz, has spoken about the new album. It’s going to be called ‘Plastic Beach’, although the...

Eminem Kills Credibility for X-Factor?

Over the last few weeks, you’ll have seen us mention X-Factor, the British talent TV show. American readers may wonder why I...

Taio Cruz: Forgiving vs Will Swallow...

Taio Cruz has spoken about Chris Brown’s assault on his then girlfriend Rhianna: "I don't condone what he did," he told the...

Snoop Dogg: Talk Show Host?

When rap legend and language izzleizer Snoop Dogg ventured into pornographic movies, you could believe it, after all, it didn’t...

Hear that Little Drummer Boy Tune

Do you remember a few months ago we reported on how Lindstrom was recording a synthed up version of Christmas standby Little...

New Bridge School Collection

The ‘Bridge School Collection’ albums contain songs played at the yearly Bridge School Concert, a charity event organized by...

My Chemical Romance Insult Britain?

They probably didn’t mean to, but on paper it looks a little that way. In an interview with Rolling Stone, My Chemical Romance...

Gym Class Heroes’ Singer does Aids Record

Travis McCoy, frontman and founder member of Gym Class Heroes, is to release a single on behalf of the charity ‘Staying Alive’....

Depeche Mode Man Ordered to Court over WoW

Ah, World of Warcraft, one of those popular games which encourages you to plug yourself into a basement computer and only come...

McCartney’s Nerves Nearly Split The Beatles

Many performers suffer from nerves before going onstage, but they often channel this adrenaline and fear into their act. Even...

Speech Debelle Quits Label

Earlier this year unheralded jazz r’n’b crossover singer Speech Debelle won the Mercury music prize, but the aftermath has seen...

Little Boots speaks out over Fat Attacks

Little Boots’ neat line in electropop has been overshadowed by the success of the much colder La Roux, but the singer has still...

John Mayer needs a Psychiatrist. Or a...

John Mayer peddles a line in middle of the road drivel that has made him very popular. He’s also a good looking chap, and has...

Pete Doherty was on Life Support

Given that Pete Doherty has taken more drugs than the entire American Swine Flu vaccination program, it’s no surprise that he...

AMA’s Ignore 2009, go all Jackson

&B male artist, while his Number Ones album won in the same album categories. The reason behind this might be the symbolism...

Stones Chase Talent Show Cash

The British pop charts are currently being ruled by terrible talent show The X-Factor. Anyone who performs on it seems to go...

Neutral Milk Hotel Footage

Merge have reissued Neutral Milk Hotel’s two albums on high quality vinyl, and if you have any interest in people who can’t...

U2 to Headline Glastonbury

This year is the fortieth anniversary of Britain’s best known festival: Glastonbury. Associated as much with hippies off their...

Anti-Piracy Poster Girl Digs Giant Hole...

Lars from Metallica was the original poster boy for the anti-piracy lobby. He later admitted that, while he was against people...

Florence and the Machine go for 4 Discs

As is by now traditional with moderately popular alt acts, Florence and the Machine are releasing a new edition of their album...

Jack White to work with Wanda Jackson

The latest entry into Jack White’s quest to work with everybody is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Wanda Jackson, a woman...

Blur to release Live CD with UK Paper

British Blur fans, you have to buy the Times newspaper this Sunday, because they’re packaging it with a ten track Blur CD of...

Slayer Postpone Tour.

Ah, Slayer, a bastion of old school metal still going strong. Err, maybe not strong: a back injury to bassist Tom Araya had...

U2 turn it up to 11, get Fined.

When they’re not busy saving the world, U2 play a few gigs, and they like to turn things up loud. Unfortunately, the residents...

Beck Swipes Back

A few weeks ago Matt Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces verbally attacked Radiohead, slating their creation of a song dedicated...

Mariah Mad as a Bag of Cats.

Mariah Carey is basically known for three things: rubbish songs, breasts and demanding things wherever she plays. A report by...

Morrisey is at it again

Apparently he was telling the audience a joke about hamburgers and someone heckled him. He told the heckler to go fuck...

Eminem's Relapse 2 Delayed.

Instead you'll have to but the album again to get new songs.

Hefner Singer Hospitalized after Attack

Darren Hayman, now a solo artist but to a generation of students and bedsite dwellers forever the frontman of Hefner, has been...

N-Dubz Witnesses in Rape Inquiry?

The two male members of N-Dubz, Fazer and Dappy (seriously, Dappy?), are helping police with enquiries about a rape which took...

The Doups to Open for Franz Ferdinand

This year Portuguese Indie Band "The Doups" finished in the "Top 5" of "Supajam´s Fast Track To Heiniken FIB 2009 Competition"....

Bez and the Taliban. Yes, that Taliban.

Bez is the iconic dancer from the Happy Mondays, and by ‘iconic’, we mean dancing like a loon off his face on recreational...

Rolf and the Quo. Cult Alert...

Rolf Harris is something of a legend among people of a certain age thanks to his arty children’s telly shows, and older readers...

Prodigy Release Photobook... for a Ton.

Keith Flint’s hair, tattoos and dancing have helped give the Prodigy a visual edge, and now this is being exploited in a...

Grizzly Bear Survive Bus Smash

Indie darlings Gizzly Bear have survived an accident involving their tour bus, which happened while they were travelling round...

Calvin Harris Invades Stage

In America, you have Simon Cowell criticizing his way through America Idol. In Britain, we have Simon Cowell criticizing his...

Liam: Solo Gigs Shortly, Starts 'New' Band

Liam Gallagher has promised that the first gigs of his solo career will take place “in a couple of months.” When questioned...

Art Brut join the French Resistance

Was there ever a band more suited to being called ‘arch’ than Art Brut? Of course, their humour didn’t appeal to some, and...

Grohl: Kurt Destined to Die Early

While promoting both the new Foo Fighters best of, and the Them Crooked Vultures album, Dave Grohl spoke to BBC Radio 1. Among...

Australia Considers Miming Warnings?

The Britney Spears ‘Circus’ world tour has done more than rake the cash in for the occasionally mental singer. Controversy has...

N-Dubz Find Fame, Lose Friends?

We thought that sudden fame caused everyone who had ever met you, even that guy who sat next to you on a bus once, to crawl out...

Jacko's Funeral cost a Million Dollars

Needless excess even in death. Or is he dead...

XX Drop to Three Piece

The XX are very much a band of the moment, but they’re having to drop down to three members. Their keyboard/guitar player Baria...

Another Full Frontal Male Music Video

Following on from Girls’ XXX experience, comes the Flaming Lips new video for ‘Watching the Planets’. It features a load of...

Which Indie Act Co-Wrote for Shakira?

Shakira’s recent single She Wolf wasn’t exactly popular in indie circles, with the exception of the video (you mucky pups). But...

Albarn to work with Watchman’s Moore on...

Damon Albarn is one talented mother, fronting Blur, being behind Gorillaz, and writing a musical (to say nothing of The Good,...

Vampire Weekend Reveal What Contra Means

Ever since Vampire Weekend revealed the title of their new album to be ‘Contra’, there’s been a debate about what it actually...

Jennie Walker Signs Worldwide...

Jennie Walker, a New York based singer/songwriter, has signed a worldwide distribution deal with UK based Maddie Records. Debut...

Chipmunk Suicidal?

Fast rising urban star Chipmunk has posted a series of suicide themed message on his twitter, including "I want to die" and "Is...

Do They Know It's Christmas gets 'Fucked Up'

Excruciatingly bad charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ has gone through at least three versions, all of which have...

Them Crooked Vultures Stream Whole Album

Rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures (featuring Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and the...

Indie Drummer Dies in Lift Shaft Fall

Jerry Fuchs (stop sniggering, this is serious), drummer in a range of alternative bands including !!!, Turing Machine and Juan...

Aerosmith Might Replace Singer?

As vocalist and celebrity father, Steven Tyler is the most recognisable member of ancient cheese rockers Aerosmith. So it might...

Psycho-Acoustic Simulation? Pull the...

Last week, online retailer Bluebeat started selling the entire remastered Beatles’ back catalogue for very low prices. This...

Corey Taylor tried out for Velvet Revolver

Corey Taylor is the real name of the masked lead singer of Slipknot, and he’s revealed to Attitude TV that he tried to do a bit...

Google Tweak Music Search

Like them or not, Google is now the key way to search the internet for what you want, although they haven’t yet bowed to the...

Stroke's Star for Christmas Song

Julian Casablancas is the lead singer for the Strokes, and as such was once one of the coolest men on the planet. Now he’s...

Illegal Downloaders buy more Music. Fact.

Research by a British ‘think tank’ (some ‘experts’ all giving their opinions) has revealed that people who illegally download...

Fiery Furnaces Attack Radiohead

Fiery Furnaces are no stranger to avant garde song torturing and interesting promotional ideas, so you’d be forgiven for...

Shy Child Back: Album and Free Track

Shy Child, they of Noise Won’t Stop and other half formed synth sketches, are to release a new album next march. It’s called...

No Doubt Suing over Band Hero

After Gwen Stefani’s sideline in slick pop, No Doubt are back together, touring, and suing a computer game. Yes, the band is...

Kele from Bloc Party's Solo Album

Kele Okereke, the lead singer of Bloc Party, is working on a solo album, although there’s not been an official announcement....

Beatles come to Digital via USB

The recently released remasters of the Beatles albums are finally coming to digital, but not in the way many thought. Instead...

New Hot Chip Album

Hot Chip made looking like nerds trendy again – because, with the best will in the world, they did look like the blokes you’d...

Girls Make Gay Porn. This is a Music...

Hip indie darlings Girls have been speaking about their recent video. There’s a cut with two young chaps looking in love, and...

The Creepiest Star? We don't think so.

Music website Muzu.tv ran a Halloween poll to find out who people thought was the creepiest star, and Lady Gaga won for her...

Green Day Play Same Song 6 Times

So, how many times can you get away with playing the same song at a gig? Sometimes overexcited DJs put the same track on twice,...

Los Campesinos have Swine Flu?

Tweecore act Los Campesinos! told fans via their Twitter that they’ve got swine flu (and they did it all in capital letters,...

Jarvis Cocker Gets Radio Show

It was the news every Pulp fan thought they’d never hear: Pulp were reforming, possibly playing Glastonbury. Unfortunately, it...

Oasis Rolls in Grave as Leona Covers Them

Talent show winner and bafflingly popular number 1 artist Leona Lewis is continuing to cover indie tunes by doing a version of...

Billy Corgan's Swine Flu Paranoia

Billy Corgan doesn’t have swine flu, but he does have a take on both the vaccine and the possible mass vaccination program. A...